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by Paul HolcombMar 30th, 2020

How to vote for Bernie in Hawaiʻi

Bernie 2020 Ballot source:DPH media packet (with modifications)

If you...

☑ joined the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi prior to March 8th with the same info you used to register to vote

You should have already received a ballot in the mail. If not, call 888-317-1906 and leave a message. Someone will return your call.

☑ are NOT POSITIVE the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi and the State of Hawaiʻi Office of Elections have the SAME INFORMATION listed for you

Only one ballot mailing remains. If your name and mailing address do not match with both the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi and the State of Hawaiʻi Office of Elections YOU WILL NOT GET TO VOTE. There is no in-person voting.

But don't worry--here are the steps you need to ensure you get a ballot:

You must complete these steps by April 4th, 2020!

  1. Verify your information or register to vote with Hawaiʻi state ID or driver's license plus your social security number at olvr.hawaii.gov [opens in new window] olvr landing page
  1. Look up your voter information by entering Last Name, First Name, Date of Birth, Last 4 of Social Security Number, and either your Driver's License or State ID number in the boxes and submit. olvr enter info
  1. Verify that your status shows as "ACTIVE" to review or change your address information (or register if your information is not found).
  1. Once your information looks accurate, make a note of how your First Name, Last Name, and Residential Address are listed. Double check that the Ballot Mailing Address is an address that receives USPS mail. If possible, leave this window open to reference in the next step. olvr review info
  1. Join the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi Party at register.ppp.vote [opens in new window] using the information EXACTLY as listed at the olvr site for First Name and Last Name. Use the Residential Address listed at the olvr site for Address and enter the rest of your information including Date of Birth as directed. You should do this step even if you believe you were already a member of the Party to ensure all information matches. DPH join
  1. You should receive your ballot by mid-April. Please make sure to return it right away. It must be received by May 22nd, 2020 and mail may take longer than normal to be delivered.

☑ want to vote in person

Due to local, state, and national government edicts, the polling locations for April 4th are no longer available for in-person voting. Please complete the above steps to vote by mail and check /updates for more information.

And then...

Please vote for Bernie Sanders in the first position! Please use a pen with blue or black ink.

optionally take a picture (for your own record) of your ballot and the envelopes.

Have More Questions?

This year the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi is doing doing things quite a bit differently than previous years. We are using Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) and you can vote by-mail. Even the name changed--instead of Presidential Preference Poll, it is now called the Party-Run Presidential Primary. Below are answers to some questions that we have heard.

❓   I just want to vote for Bernie, what do I need to do?

Fill in the circle under the 1 column for Bernie Sanders as shown in the picture above and return your ballot as soon as possible

close-up of Bernie cast ballot source:DPH media packet (with modifications)

❓   Does it count if I just vote for Bernie for all three spaces?

YES

source:Matthew Fitch (Merriman River Group, vendor)

❓   Does it count if I just vote for Bernie in the first space, and leave the others blank?

YES

source:Matthew Fitch (Merriman River Group, vendor)

❓   I mailed my ballot. How do I know they got it?

There is a barcode and sequence number on both the outer envelope you originally received in the mail and the envelope you mailed back. When your ballot envelope is recieved, it will be scanned and available for you to check online within 24 hours.

  1. Find either your original outer envelope or the picture you took, and look for the sequence number directly under the long barcode. A sample is below

close-up of outside ballot envelope source:DPH media packet (with modifications)

  1. Go to alohavote.com and enter the sequence number. It should give you a current status.

source:official instructions

❓   I mailed my ballot more than 5 days ago and checked the sequence as instructed above, but it still hasn't shown up.

Call the hotline: 888-317-1906

❓   I want to know more about how Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) works

Check out our collection of RCV reference material at /RCV

❓   Can I bring my ballot to a location on April 4th?

NO. Due to local, state, and national government edicts, the polling locations April for 4th are no longer available for in-person voting. Please return your ballot as soon as possible.

Yes, but it must be in the sealed return envelope. However, we recommend that you mail it as soon as possible to avoid long lines and crowds.

❓   Didn't I become a member of the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi when I registered to vote? Or when I voted Democratic at the last election?

NO. In Hawaiʻi, you must join the Party separately from registering to vote. When you vote in government-run elections, the only information recorded in the voter file is whether you voted. How you voted, including party affiliation, are kept secret.

❓   Other questions?

[UPDATED 2020-03-30] Detailed OLVR and DPH instructions added. Removed previous strikethrough information

[UPDATED 2020-04-04] Added minor updates from DPH FAQ